The China questions Critical insights into a rising power

Fairbank Center for East Asian Research

Book - 2018

"The questions addressed in this unique volume provide a window onto the challenges China faces today and the uncertainties its meteoric ascent on the global horizon has provoked. In only a few decades, the most populous country on Earth has moved from relative isolation to center stage. Thirty of the world's leading China experts--all affiliates of the renowned Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University--answer key questions about where this new superpower is headed and... what makes its people and their leaders tick. They distill a lifetime of cutting-edge scholarship into short, accessible essays about Chinese identity, culture, environment, society, history, or policy"--

Saved in:

2nd Floor Show me where

951.06/China
1 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
2nd Floor 951.06/China Checked In
Subjects
Published
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press 2018.
Language
English
Item Description
"In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
xi, 337 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780674979406
0674979400
Corporate Author
Fairbank Center for East Asian Research (-)
  • I. Politics. Is the Chinese communist regime legitimate? / Elizabeth J. Perry
  • Can fighting corruption save the party? / Joseph Fewsmith
  • Does Mao still matter? / Roderick MacFarquhar
  • What is the source of ethnic tension in China? / Mark Elliott
  • What should we know about public opinion in China? / Ya-Wen Lei
  • What does longevity mean for leadership in China? / Arunabh Ghosh
  • Can the Chinese Communist Party learn from Chinese emperors? / Yuhua Wang
  • II. International relations. Will China lead Asia? / Odd Arne Westad
  • How strong are China's armed forces? / Andrew S. Erickson
  • What does the rise of China mean for the United States? / Robert S. Ross
  • Is Chinese exceptionalism undermining China's foreign policy interests? / Alastair Iain Johnston
  • (When) will Taiwan reunify with the mainland? / Steven M. Goldstein
  • Can China and Japan ever get along? / Ezra F. Vogel
  • III. Economy. Can China's high growth continue? / Richard N. Cooper
  • Is the Chinese economy headed toward a hard landing? / Dwight H. Perkins
  • Will urbanization save the Chinese economy or destroy it? / Meg Rithmire
  • Is China keeping its promises on trade? / Mark Wu
  • How do China's new rich give back? / Tony Saich
  • What can China teach us about fighting poverty? / Nara Dillon
  • IV. Environment. Can China address air pollution and climate change? / Michael B. McElroy
  • Is there environmental awareness in China? / Karen Thornber
  • V. Society. Why does the end of the one-child policy matter? / Susan Greenhalgh
  • How are China and its middle class handling aging and mental health? / Arthur Kleinman
  • How important is religion in China? / James Robson
  • Will there be another Dalai Lama? / Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp
  • Does law matter in China? / William P. Alford
  • Why do so many Chinese students come to the United States? / William C. Kirby
  • VI. History and culture. Who is Confucius in today's China? / Michael Puett
  • Where did the Silk Road come from? / Rowan Flad
  • Why do intellectuals matter to Chinese politics? / Peter K. Bol
  • Why do classic Chinese novels matter? / Wai-yee Li
  • How have Chinese writers imagined China's future? / David Der-wei Wang
  • Has Chinese propaganda won hearts and minds? / Jie Li
  • Why is it still so hard to talk about the Cultural Revolution? / Xiaofei Tian
  • What is the future of China's past? / Stephen Owen
  • How has the study of China changed in the last sixty years? / Paul A. Cohen.
Review by Choice Reviews

These 36 superb chapters, written in a pithy and insightful question-and-answer format by a group of top-notch China scholars affiliated with Harvard in multiple disciplines, offer a creative and all-embracing evaluation of China's political system, international relations, economic advancement, environmental problems, social issues, historical continuity, and cultural changes. This elegantly composed, awe-inspiring, and wide-ranging book is full of sparkling, stimulating, and provocative ideas. Sample chapter titles include "Is the Chinese Communist Regime Legitimate?" "Can China and Japan Ever Get Along?" "Is There Environmental Awareness in China?" "Will There Be Another Dalai Lama?" and "Where Did the Silk Road Come From?" Readers can gain a deeper understanding of China and its history, present complexity, and future challenges. This work could been seen as a handbook for anyone wanting to acquire an across-the-board appreciation of contemporary China and engage with this rising power in a direct approach. Although it is difficult to find a central theme, this wide-ranging, comprehensive, extensive, and witty study enriches readers with numerous fascinating and far-reaching remarks. Summing Up: Essential. All public and academic levels/libraries.--P. F. Shan, Grand Valley State UniversityPatrick Fuliang ShanGrand Valley State University Patrick Fuliang Shan Choice Reviews 55:10 June 2018 Copyright 2018 American Library Association.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Rudolph and Szonyi, both associated with Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, bring together 36 short, but collectively weighty, scholarly articles on contemporary China. The articles are grouped into six categories: China's politics, foreign relations, economy, environment, society, and history and culture. This collection is impressive for its comprehensiveness, with contributors providing numerous pointed observations. In a piece on the U.S.'s response to the flexing of Chinese military power, for example, Robert Ross, a political scientist at Boston College, charges Washington with simultaneously failing to improve ties with allies in the region and to "manage Chinese perceptions of U.S. intentions." The editors have done an excellent job of pruning jargon and creating succinct essays on complex topics, though in some cases an article's brevity is a shortcoming: in writing about religion in China, for example, James Robson, a professor of East Asian languages and civilizations at Harvard, takes a largely top-down approach, focusing on the state's changing attitude toward religion while saying very little on religious practices themselves. Still, this is a highly informative, readable collection for scholars and nonscholars alike. (Jan.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Many books offer information about China, but few make sense of what is truly at stake. The questions addressed in this unique volume provide a window onto the challenges China faces today and the uncertainties its meteoric ascent on the global horizon has provoked. In only a few decades, the most populous country on Earth has moved from relative isolation to center stage. Thirty of the world's leading China experts--all affiliates of the renowned Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University--answer key questions about where this new superpower is headed and what makes its people and their leaders tick. They distill a lifetime of cutting-edge scholarship into short, accessible essays about Chinese identity, culture, environment, society, history, or policy.--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The 36 contributions in this volume address critical questions related to China’s politics, international relations, economy, environment, society, and history and culture. They identify key questions Americans should ask about the past, present, and future of China (and provide answers), related to topics like the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist regime, public opinion in China, the strength of its armed forces, Chinese exceptionalism and foreign policy interests, when Taiwan will reunify with the mainland, China’s high growth, urbanization, trade, poverty, air pollution and climate change, environmental awareness, the end of the one-child policy, aging and mental health, religion, law, the Silk Road, classic Chinese novels, and the Cultural Revolution. The contributors are scholars of various fields like Chinese history and Asian studies, and are affiliated with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard U. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Many books offer information about China, but few make sense of what is truly at stake. The questions addressed in this unique volume provide a window onto the challenges China faces today and the uncertainties its meteoric ascent on the global horizon has provoked.In only a few decades, the most populous country on Earth has moved from relative isolation to center stage. Thirty-six of the world’s leading China experts—all affiliates of the renowned Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University—answer key questions about where this new superpower is headed and what makes its people and their leaders tick. They distill a lifetime of cutting-edge scholarship into short, accessible essays about Chinese identity, culture, environment, society, history, or policy.Can China’s economic growth continue apace? Can China embrace the sacrifices required for a clean environment? Will Taiwan reunite with the mainland? How do the Chinese people understand their position in today’s global marketplace? How do historical setbacks and traditional values inform China’s domestic and foreign policy? Some of the essays address issues of importance to China internally, revolving around the Communist Party’s legitimacy, the end of the one-child policy, and ethnic tensions. Others focus on China’s relationship with other nations, particularly the United States. If America pulls back from its Asian commitments, how will China assert its growing strength in the Pacific region?China has already captured the world’s attention. The China Questions takes us behind media images and popular perceptions to provide insight on fundamental issues.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Many books offer information about the world’s most populous country, but few make sense of what is truly at stake. Thirty-six of the world’s leading China experts—affiliates of Harvard’s renowned Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies—answer key questions about where this new superpower is headed and what makes its people and their leaders tick.